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Development of new agrotextiles from renewable resources and with a tailored biodegradability

Objective

Increasing oil-prices, a growing threat of oil-shortages, Kyoto agreements on green house gases, environmental effects and climate changes, are all elements that contribute to the concern for the future of our oil based economy. Not only the search for biofuels but also for bio-based polymers and a more extensive use of the natural resources by upgrading the value of natural fibres and side products will be needed to cope with these problems. Techno-economic studies predict an important growth for the bio-based polymer industry in the coming decennia. This will only be possible if new high end applications are developed. Textiles and especially agrotextiles offer a very attractive end market. Volumes in this market area are high and fast growing. At present, products are mainly based on Polyolefin’s (> 200Ktonnes/annum in Europe). Bio-based polymers in combination with natural fibres and side products can offer a good alternative, if biodegradation can be modelled and adapted according the specific end applications. Intrinsic positive properties of the bio-based polymers such as low flammability and high light fastness can boost technological advantages, leading to major economic and technologic benefits in industrial implementation. The proposed project envisages the research and development of new 100% renewable agrotextiles, via combination of natural fibres, bio-based fibres and bio-based functional additives. This requests: • new and optimised extrusion processes into fibres, yarn, monofilament or tape • processing into knitted, woven or non-woven structures and new finishing process • tailor-made mechanical and functional characteristics • a controlled and predictable biodegradation adapted to the application envisaged • a proven performance for a number of test/demonstration cases. This type of project can take a large share of the agrotextile market (up to 50%) by creation of alternatives for oil-based products and new applications.
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Coordinator

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DE L'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE

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Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 581 960

Administrative Contact

Umberto Ravyts (Mr.)

Participants (16)

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RODENBURG PRODUCTIE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 163 200

TRANSFURANS CHEMICALS BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 177 960

TECNARO GESELLSCHAFT ZUR INDUSTRIELLEN ANWENDUNG NACHWACHSENDER ROHSTOFFE MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 211 440

DEVAN-PPT CHEMICALS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 134 440

ENYA BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 133 200

DS TEXTILE PLATFORM NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 146 520

LA ZELOISE NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 166 400

MDB TEXINOV SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 140 880

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 216 048

DEUTSCHE INSTITUTE FUR TEXTIL- UND FASERFORSCHUNG DENKENDORF

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 231 000

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 399 000

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE ARTS INDUSTRIES TEXTILES

France

EU Contribution

€ 89 000

INOTEX SPOL SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 109 270

BONAR TECHNICAL FABRICS NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 130 200

CENTRO DI RICERCHE EUROPEO DI TECNOLOGIE DESIGN E MATERIALI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 44 925

AGRITEC, vyzkum, slechteni a sluzby s.r.o.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 50 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 213501

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2008

  • End date

    30 September 2012

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 385 366

  • EU contribution

    € 3 125 843

Coordinated by:

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DE L'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE

Belgium

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